Peace­ful protest at Or­chard Nurs­ing Home

Bray People - - News -

THERE is to be a peace­ful protest out­side the Or­chard Nurs­ing Home on Satur­day af­ter­noon at 2.30 p.m. now that the last of the res­i­dents has been moved out.

Staff and res­i­dents were told on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 2 that the care home must close due to be­ing a fire haz­ard. It emerged that the build­ing was to be bull­dozed and an ap­pli­ca­tion made next year for a cap­i­tal grant to re­place it.

Lo­cal men Ron­nie Cough­lan and Paul Smith were the fi­nal res­i­dents who had strug­gled to stay put but were even­tu­ally moved out by staff.

A newly formed group called ‘ Friends of the Or­chard,’ has since had a meet­ing with the HSE and passed on their own fi­nan­cial con­cerns, claim­ing that money can ac­tu­ally be saved by car­ry­ing out work to bring the nurs­ing home up to scratch.

In­de­pen­dent as­ses­sors say that re­me­dial works will cost €100,000 and take around a month to com­plete. The es­ti­mated cost of hous­ing the 38 res­i­dents in al­ter­na­tive pri­vate homes is €1.5 mil­lion. The cost of pub­lic beds is at least €300 cheaper per per­son per week.

A pe­ti­tion will be avail­able for the Bray pub­lic to sign on Satur­day. Cllr. John Brady, who is sup­port­ing the staff, fam­ily mem­bers and sup­port­ers of the home has called the de­ci­sion to close the home ‘ill-con­sid­ered and waste­ful.’

The group has asked that no fur­ther works to clear out the Nurs­ing home takes place un­til their pro­pos­als are looked at.

The HSE have said they will or­gan­ise an­other meet­ing be­fore any fur­ther work takes place.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.